What About Cats?

Who Can Say What Will Happen?

IMG_0636Cliff and I rescued two farm cats a couple of years ago. They have lived in the house with all the usual hoopla (and more because we have the Weimaraner). We have been reticent to turn them free thinking they would not be OK. We have quite a few farm cats. They roam the place and find shelter here and there. They mouse, but we also feed them.

Our two rescues (‘Paws’ and ‘Sylvie’) are littermates. Nevertheless, they couldn’t look more different. “Paws’ has the markings of the Siamese, and ‘Sylvia’ is a gorgeous silver-gray tiger stripe. There are other differences too! Paws had always been the more clingy and friendly of the two with Sylvia being fiercely independent.

We procrastinated when it came to moving the cats outside. We feared the worst. A Weimaraner might chase and catch them–it could be a swift end to their life. They two are not farm savvy and instead of avoiding the Weims they were totally intrigued by them. Nonetheless, with Shela’s recent prolonged health situation, the cats seemed to make her worse. That forced the issue and Cliff began making a provision for them in the equipment room allowing for an outside exit. Once they moved Cliff watched closely. ‘Paws’ disappeared and we feared the worst. ‘Sylvie’ refused to leave the equipment room initially. Then, ‘Paws’ made his appearance and began hanging out near out back entrance. Over time ‘Sylvie’ has joined him roaming the backyard. It has been amazing to watch this process unfold.

Cats and the Weimaraner

More than half of the OwyheeStar folks also have cats–some indoor cats and others live outside roaming the field or yard. The Weimaraner that joins a family with the resident cat (typically) views this as the norm. They tend to take charge of the cat as if it is their property. Nevertheless, it is wise to error on the side of caution. This idea of being careful is especially true when bringing home a rescue. Also, keep in mind that a feral cat might not make out the same as a resident cat. The Weimaraner may give chase, and it could end badly for the pursued.

 

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Posted on March 15, 2017, in Cats and your Weim, Companion Weimaraner, Information and Education, OwyheeStar, The Weimaraner and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Loved the video of the famous daddy Stackhouse! I love seeing pics of the famous Owyheestar weims–who still live at Owyheestar! Glad the cats have been accepted–one big happy family!

  2. Well, this is an opportune time to share – Recently the dog, the cat and I were out in the yard, and suddenly Koda (my dog-man) started going berserk, hackles raised, jumping around in the front yard. When I went to investigate, I discovered that Koda was keeping a neighbor dog away from our cat. Every time the dog went for the cat, Koda went in between them fiercely protecting her until the cat was able to escape when the dog’s owner arrived to call him off. Once the cat was gone, Koda immediately went into friend mode with the dog. He and the kitty are not exactly best of friends, as much as she would like that, but apparently he cares enough to defend her! I was one proud mama!

  3. What a lovely story! Koda knows who his “family” is!

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